Health Benefits Of Kissing

first_img Share Tweet Share Share A kiss a day keeps the doctor away!Your mom always said that you have to kiss a lot o’ frogs before you meet your prince … but whoever said that was a bad thing? From burning calories to offsetting signs of aging, it turns out that smooching has scientifically-proven health benefits.So go ahead — pucker up!Kissing Prevents CavitiesWho would ever guess that spit-swapping kinda had the same effect as mouth wash? According to the Academy of General Dentistry, saliva helps build tooth enamel and all that extra saliva built up in a tongue-tangling Frencher washes the bacteria off your teeth, which in turn helps break down oral plaque.Kissing Burns CaloriesWe wouldn’t recommend giving up that hour at the gym, still, locking lips is a serious workout for your face. Experts estimate that one minute of passionate kissing can burn anywhere between 2 to 5 calories.Kissing Strengthens Your Immune SystemIt may sound counterintuitive, but swapping spit is a great way to fend off the common cold. Research published in Medical Hypotheses suggests that kissing is actually an evolutionary adaptation to protect against the cytomegalovirus. And if you suffer from allergies, a kiss from your partner can keep you strong. A study published in Physiology & Behavior proved that kissing can improve your resistance to having an allergic reaction. Researchers studied 60 people with skin or nasal allergies. They all spent 30 minutes in a private room kissing their spouse while listening to romantic music. They asked another group to do the same, but hug — no lip-locking allowed. The results? The researchers concluded that the kissing reduced their allergic reactions.Kissing Lowers Your Stress LevelSensuality — from kissing to touching to … well, you know — keeps us relaxed. To test the theory, researchers from the Arizona State University asked 52 people to spend six weeks making kissing a priority in their everyday lives. By the end of the test period, not only did they feel closer to their significant others, but they were significantly less stressed based on a psychological stress scale.Kissing Reduces Blood PressureAll that heart-racing lip-smacking is healthy for your ticker. Research shows that kissing dilates your blood vessels and therefore, helps reduce blood pressure.Kissing Relieves PainKissing releases all kinds of natural feel-good chemicals in the body and these endorphins have proven to be even more powerful than morphine to relieve pain. Specifically, research published in the online medical journal PLoS One found that these hormones are akin to the benefits of a pain reliever.Kissing Gives Your Brain & Body A Boost Of Happy ChemicalsThere’s nothing that unwinds you more than melting in the arms of someone you love … and those butterflies-in-your-stomach feelings you get from a swoonworthy kiss just sets you into paradise, right? There’s a science behind that. Kissing stimulates the release of oxytocin (the “love hormone”), endorphins and dopamine, which all mix together as a cocktail for health! After all, these chemicals boost your mood and your libido, proving that all that lovin’ is just what the doctor ordered.yourtango.comcenter_img 97 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Health Benefits Of Kissing by: – July 21, 2014last_img read more

No administrative raps vs Albayalde – DILG chief

first_imgFormer police chief General Oscar Albayalde “Saadministrative wala na kasi ‘yun na rin ang decision at guidelines ng Pangulo. Du’n sa review, wala din kaming nakitang matigas naebidensya para ma-link nainvolved si Albayalde du’n sa ginawa ng 13, except yung command responsibility,” he said. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said thereis no clear evidence linking Albayalde over the controversial 2013 drug raid inPampanga. Año, however, clarified that the investigations being handled by the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Justice will be “a different thing.” MANILA – The Department of the Interiorand Local Government (DILG) found no hard evidence that would merit anadministrative complaint against former police chief General Oscar Albayaldeover the “ninja cops” controversy. center_img Año added the statements made by other former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong against Albayalde were “allegations without substantial evidence.” Albayalde stepped down as Philippine National Police chief on Oct. 14, less than a month before his retirement from the service on Nov. 8. He has consistently maintained his innocence over the allegations hurled against him./PN Magalong has accused Albayalde of blocking the dismissal of the 13 Pampanga policemen who supposedly kept and peddled 160 kilos of shabu seized from the 2013 raid.last_img read more

First ‘Free Fishing Day’ in Indiana announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — Saturday, April 21, is the first of four Free Fishing Days in Indiana this year.On these special days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without needing a fishing license or a trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are prime opportunities for families to learn to fish because adults do not need a fishing license on those days, and children ages 17 and younger do not need a license on any day.A number of special events will be held on April 21.— A Family Learn to Fish workshop will take place at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required.— More family fishing fun will happen at Salamonie Lake in Andrews, Fort Harrison State Park and Krannert Park in Indianapolis, Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Glen Miller Park in Richmond, St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area (Wyland Pond) in Syracuse, and Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette.Specific information on these Free Fishing Day events is on the Free Fishing Days website at interested in attending a Free Fishing Day event should contact the host property in advance because some activities, like the one at Muscatatuck NWR, may require registration.The three other Free Fishing Days for 2018 are May 19 and June 2 and 3.To view all DNR news releases, please see read more

‘It’s not fair’, says Solskjaer over FA Cup rest row

first_imgRead Also: Serie A: Juventus suffer title setback in thrilling Sassuolo draw“It was a big thing towards the end of last season that we felt our team wasn’t fit enough, we got a few injuries. This season we’ve not had that kind of a problem.“No, it’s not going to be a problem and a concern for us but 24 hours, 48 hours is a big difference at this time as well.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims it is unfair Chelsea have an extra two days of rest before their FA Cup semi-final showdown on Sunday. Solskjaer’s side face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Thursday before returning to London three days later to play Chelsea at Wembley. While United endure that hectic schedule, Chelsea will have been resting since Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Norwich. United also played on Monday in a 2-2 draw against Southampton, with Chelsea in action at Sheffield United last Saturday. There is little opportunity for Solskjaer to rest players against Palace as United are chasing a top-four finish in the race to qualify for the Champions League. United are currently fifth, behind Leicester on goal difference and four points adrift of third-placed Chelsea. Solskjaer is concerned that United’s bid to reach the FA Cup final is being jeopardised by the fixture schedule.Advertisement “There is a concern, obviously, that they’ve had 48 hours’ more rest and recovery than us. It’s not fair,” Solskjaer told reporters on Wednesday. “We spoke about a fair scheduling going into this restart. Of course it isn’t. “But I have to think about Thursday. We’ve got to win that one, focus on that one, and then let’s pick up the pieces after that.” Solskjaer is adamant the semi-final is “irrelevant” when it comes to his selection against Palace at Selhurst Park. He believes United have the energy and drive to cope with the taxing programme despite fitness concerns over Mason Greenwood, Luke Shaw and Brandon Williams. “We’ve not really played every three days – we will now, definitely,” Solskjaer said. “The next two weeks will be hectic but, then again, we’re fit. Very fit. Our lads have not felt as fit as this for years, I’m sure.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Andreasen charges to Dawson County checkers

first_imgLEXINGTON, Neb. (June 23) – The secret of success Sunday at Dawson County Raceway for Tyler Andreasen was staying in the front group and out of trouble. Andreasen found the moisture and traction he needed during the waning laps to lead the final three circuits to earn the Platte Valley Auto Mart IMCA Northern SportMod victory.  Anthony Roth led the last 10 times around the oval in winning the Holbein Lawn Service/KLawn of Lexington IMCA Modified main and Mike Nichols hustled from the fourth row to top the Levander Body Shop IMCA Stock Car feature. Tyler Andreasen was the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod winner Sunday at Dawson County Raceway. (Photo by Tamie Thurn)center_img Andreasen had made his way through traffic after starting in the sixth row. Jeff Ware repeated as the Overton Sand and Gravel IMCA Hobby Stock winner while Terry Tritt won his third consecutive Plum Creek Motors IMCA Sport Compact feature.last_img read more

More Leatherneck football for UW

first_imgFresh off of its convincing victory over Northwestern this past Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-3-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) faces off against a strong Western Illinois squad (7-4-0, 2-1-0 Mid-Con) today at the McClimon Soccer Complex.With Sunday’s win, the Badgers extended their Big Ten unbeaten streak and claimed their position atop the conference standings with seven points.In addition to snatching the top spot in the Big Ten, Wisconsin also climbed into the National Rankings for the first time since 2002. The Badgers are ranked 22nd in both the Soccer America Men’s Top 25 and the Top 25 Coaches Poll. Even more remarkable, Wisconsin has not been ranked in the month of October since 1996.Just as impressive, Western Illinois has won its last four matches, shutting out each opponent and outscoring them 14-0. While Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman admits the Leathernecks have an extraordinary shutout streak going, he believes the feat will spark energy in his squad.”[Western Illinois’s] defense is going to be hard to get behind and penetrate because I think they’re going to get their shape very quickly and get numbers behind the ball,” Rohrman said. “Our guys know that they’ve shut out their last four opponents, you know, they like those challenges and they’ve met and risen to those challenges all through the season and I know they’re excited to get going.”One challenge the Badgers will definitely have to contain is the scoring prowess of freshman sensation Martin Browne. In the Leatherneck’s recent four-match win streak, Browne scored seven goals — including a hat-trick and two assists against Western Michigan, bringing his team-leading point total to 18. “Browne is a very athletic, skillful and creative guy who can get behind you, but who can also beat you in front on the dribble or through combinations,” Rohrman said. “He’s a very, very good player, and we definitely have to shut things down for him and make it a long day.”Two Badgers whom Rohrman will definitely rely on to contain the Leatherneck attack are senior defender and senior goalkeeper Hamid Afsari and Jake Settle, respectively. Afsari has been named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his fine play lately, while Settle has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for anchoring the Badgers to a pair of shutout victories this past week.”[The awards] are certainly a credit to those two,” Rohrman said. “This whole season, they’ve been a part of our back line that has really limited teams, as far as opportunities and goals, and they’ve been two of the staples of our back five. Both of them have been a big part of why we’ve been so successful and it’s nice to get some of those accolades and honors that are certainly well-deserved based on the performances they’ve been having.”Settle’s counterpart, Western Illinois goalkeeper Stephen Paterson, has also been equally impressive lately. The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman from Thunder Bay, Ontario, leads the Mid-Continental Conference in shutouts with five. In order to break Paterson’s streak, the Badgers will look to utilize open space behind the Leatherneck defense, while also employing their first-rate athleticism.”My hope is that we can exploit them in some wide spaces,” Rohrman said. “I think we’re an athletic enough team where we might be able to use our athleticism to our advantage. We have to be good in transition so that we’re not dealing with trying to go through eleven players.” Although tonight’s matchup with Western Illinois may seem unimportant compared to next weekend’s Big Ten showdown with Ohio State, Rohrman insists the non-conference games matter just as much to his squad. “It’s very important,” Rohrman said. “And in terms of non-conference games, we really have to do well there — we can do all we want in the Big Ten, but if we don’t take care of business in terms of the non-conference regional match-ups, that’s going to be a big letdown. So far, we’ve done pretty well there. I know the guys are excited to get another win, though.”last_img read more

TENNIS : Bachini paints mural in Drumlins to bide time as injury heals

first_imgBehind the curtain at the tennis courts at Drumlins Tennis Center, there is a chair, a partially completed mural and an artist.The chair is to help the artist reach the mural on the wall. The mural, when completed, will be a painting of the logos of all four Grand Slam titles. The artist, Syracuse freshman Breanna Bachini, hopes to win a Grand Slam and be the No. 1 player in the world someday.But for now, sidelined with a pulled stomach muscle, she paints.‘(The mural) gives her a nice little relief, to be close to the team as we’re practicing while she’s healing,’ Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘I think it really is an expression of what she’s dreamed about as a little kid and continues to dream about today.’For Bachini, watching from the sideline is tough. She pulled the muscle early in the season, before coming back to win her first four matches of the year. The freshman then lost her next four matches until the injury forced her to sit out again. Bachini is now undergoing rehab multiple times a day to try to get back to full strength and painting when the team practices. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Despite her setbacks, she still has that goal in mind,’ teammate Komal Safdar said.  ‘Instead of taking a nap, she’s still with us and thinking about winning a Grand Slam every day.’Bachini’s quest to become a Grand Slam champion started in Sacramento, Calif. While most sixth-graders were at school, Bachini was at home, balancing on a Physioball and catching a football, standing upside down against a wall or practicing her strokes for hours on end. She was homeschooled from sixth to 11th grade, working toward becoming a professional tennis player.Rich Andrews, a tennis coach in Sacramento, started working with Bachini when she was 13. Andrews teamed with Bachini’s father, Tedd, to elevate her game to an elite level. The grueling hours of training paid off, as she was the No. 1 player in the Northern California region at every age division.Bachini has improved over the years at picking out her opponents’ weaknesses and grinding out points, Andrews said.‘She’s a very physical player, so somebody who’s on the court with her has to work extremely hard to stay in the point,’ he said. ‘I think she’s really come a long way.’Being homeschooled and training every day, Bachini didn’t have a typical childhood. She hadn’t been to a dance until 12th grade, when she went to Horizon Charter School in Lincoln, Calif., two days a week. Coming from a completely different lifestyle, making the transition to college life and playing on a team for the first time was difficult.‘When I got here, I was like, ‘Wow’ because there are so many people,’ she said. ‘The first semester was pretty tricky for me. I was following my roommate around. But now I’ve kind of expanded, and I’m talking to more people and getting used to the system.’While Bachini has acclimated to college life and the freedom that comes with it, her eating habits and training regimen are the same. To stay healthy, she follows a strict diet. She has never had a hamburger and very rarely has sugar or bread.That discipline carries over to her game, where she likes to grind out points on the baseline. Bachini said she wants to return from injury in time for the Big East tournament.But for now, every day after practice, Bachini walks to the other side of court seven at Drumlins, stands up on the chair and paints. She said she plans to have all players on the team sign their names next to each Grand Slam they want to win, hoping it serves as a motivation for her teammates.And Bachini is focused on doing everything she can to ensure that one day the message behind the painting will become reality.‘That’s why we all sign on to this program,’ freshman Amanda Rodgers said. ‘Breanna and I always talk about it, and that’s definitely her dream. I can see her winning one. It’s really close for her.’ Published on April 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Senior shares a different side of Africa through her camera

first_imgWhen she emerged, the bus had left without her. So, she began to run. For two blocks she chased down the bus until it stopped.“Half the people that saw me just stood there and laughed,” Lee said. “But some people were banging and trying to help me stop the bus.”Lee caught her bus but in her rush she’d left her bags with all her belongings in the car that took her from the airport to the bus park. She started her trip with just one thing. Luckily, it happened to be the only thing that really mattered — her camera.“Of course this would happen to me,” Lee said. “There’s no way I could start my time in Uganda any other way because this stuff just happens all the time.”Lee’s foray into the world of photojournalism started because of the band Switchfoot and a photographer named Jeremy Cowart. When Lee was in middle school, Cowart shot promotional photos for Switchfoot, photos that inspired Lee to further investigate the photographer. She later discovered that Cowart had traveled to Africa and done a series of photo essays focusing particularly on East Africa.“I was really drawn to those images and I think that’s what sparked my initial interest in photography — the combination of that and [Cowart’s] music photography,” Lee said.Lee hopes to use her international relations major to do development work, possibly enabling her to have a more direct impact on improving the lives of people like those she profiled.Though photography is not in her long-term career goals, Lee said it will always have a special place in her heart.“I always tell people I think I have the best job because I get to just hang out with people and be their friends,” Lee said. “You can’t take honest, good pictures without establishing these relationships.”Lee first traveled to Uganda last summer and worked as a photographer for 31 Bits — a social entrepreneurship organization that employs large numbers of women making paper bead jewelry in northern Uganda. This spring Lee studied abroad in Botswana, and rather than return home for the summer, she chose to continue her travels in Africa.Lee wanted to document what she called “stories of change” about people she’d met during her travels. Initially she planned to travel to Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania and profile one person from each country but she quickly realized that was overly ambitious.“Within the first week I realized that I had these relationships with these people that I could communicate with — I knew a little bit of their local language, and I was familiar with the town,” Lee said. “The women that I worked with last year were all begging me to take their picture. I would have to overcome this barrier of being a stranger anywhere else.”For her project Lee chose to profile four individuals who had been part of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a guerilla group that formed in violent opposition to the Ugandan government and operated in Uganda from 1986 to 2006. In 2006, a UNICEF-funded study estimated that at least 66,000 children and youth had been abducted by the LRA between 1986 and 2005. While some were able to escape, others were forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves. The group’s former leader, Joseph Kony, achieved notoriety in March 2012 when a documentary titled Kony 2012 detailing the group’s use of child soldiers was released.When Lee first began the project, she was adamant that she didn’t want to discuss the topic of the LRA.“I thought that [the LRA] was over-covered and especially people our age have heard about it a lot,” Lee said. “But through a couple connections to some local Ugandans who were trying to help me find people to interview [I found] really fascinating stories.”Lee wanted the stories she told to be different. Instead of focusing on the LRA and the atrocities committed by its members, she decided to spotlight life after the LRA.One man was abducted at age 10 and served as a child soldier for three years. He has been struggling for the past 10 years to get to university. Now at age 22 he is completing high school and hopes to earn a scholarship.Lee’s second profile subject, Achama Jackson, served as a major and political official in the LRA. He joined in 1987. He was injured and in 1994 had his leg amputated. He later went on to serve 10 more years with the LRA. Though most former LRA officials are ostracized by their communities, Jackson built his own plantation of matoke, a staple plantain, and is now the community authority on matoke. He leads a village savings and loans association, through which he is able to support his two wives and 14 children. He now lives and farms on the same piece of land where his brother was murdered.“Seeing his investment in his children was really cool for me,” Lee said. “Also seeing how open he was to sharing his experience because he was a major and he did do bad things but, because of how open he is and honest, he’s been accepted back into his community and people respect him — he’s a community leader.”Another of Lee’s subjects, Abio Vicky, was abducted by the LRA at age nine. At age 14, she gave birth shortly before the fighters she was with launched a major offensive. Because she was not able to assist the men, Vicky and her baby were left behind and able to escape the LRA.Today, Vicky is working at 31 Bits and is able to send both her daughters — one of whom was born after she returned from the LRA — to school.“The reality is that there are really cool people doing really cool things, and I really believe that these are the people who can change this continent,” Lee said.Lee said the project has given her unique insight into how northern Uganda, particularly the town of Gulu, has developed in the nearly nine years since the LRA has left the region.“Everyone knows that the LRA was there but you could easily live there and not realize the impact or the effects of it,” she said.Lee plans to create a book with photo essays about each of her subjects but remains unsure if she actually wants to publish the book. She does know, however, that she will not publish her photos on the internet.“I’m still trying to figure out if a book would even be the best way or if I should just write these stories and send them back to the people they’re about,” Lee said. The first thing senior international relations major Alice Lee found herself doing when she arrived in Uganda for her summer photojournalism project was outrun a bus. After flying to Uganda, Lee went to a bus park, paid for her bus and left to use the bathroom — something she soon regretted.Say cheese · Alice Lee, center, poses with 31 Bits employees outside their office in Gulu, Uganda. Left to right: Grace, Florence, Betty, Jackie. – Photo courtesy of Alice Leelast_img read more

TT lifts corned beef ban

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago has lifted the restriction on Brazilian corned beef and other meat imports.The temporary restriction, imposed last month, was put in place after it was revealed by Brazilian authorities that a private manufacturer was using rotten meat in the production of corned beef.On Wednesday, the Ministry made the announcement to lift the temporary restriction on both the import and retail sale of meat products from Brazil including corned beef, chicken patties and chicken nuggets.last_img

Dalex Swift Hoops lights up Pent Hall Week celebration

first_imgDalex SWIFT Hoops basketball tournament took centre stage at the just ended Pentagon Hall Week Celebration at the University of Ghana.The fast-paced 3-on-3 basketball tournament brought together 16 teams of lively young men from the various halls and created the stage for the long-standing inter halls rivalry to be put to rest. On the court, it took no time for the ‘weaker’ teams to succumb to pressure from the more tactical and skilful ones like City Ballers, Bad Boys, Vandal Mavericks and Sabah Raiders who eventually progressed to the semifinal stage of the contest. Of the four semifinalists, ‘Bad Boys’ from the Kwapong Hall shone the brightest; they crashed the other contenders, annexed the coveted trophy with cheeky ease and went home with goodies including a cash prize and branded souvenirs.  The bragging right remains theirs until the SWIFT Hoops train makes a return to campus. Sabah Raiders placed second and also went home with a cash prize and other amazing items. Product Manager for Dalex SWIFT, Beauty Olerkie Larbi, said, “…sports is an essential discipline in the development of young people. Through engagements like this, Dalex is instilling in the youth positive attributes like confidence, hard work, commitment and teamwork.  “We are also providing them our SWIFT platform which allows them to save and take control of their future. When young people cultivate a saving habit, they become confident of their future…”. Emmanuel Wolf, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the day said, “…it feels great winning the MVP award and leading my team to win the tournament. Last year, I led ‘The Guerillas’ from the University of Ghana to beat teams from the other universities in a similar SWIFT Hoops tournament at the Aviation Social Centre here in Accra. SWIFT Hoops is a great platform; it is helping me hone my basketball skill and I am excited about that…” Team Bad Boy showing off their cup and other prizesDalex SWIFT is a smart investment account that allows you to make regular contributions from the convenience of your phone. Your phone number is your account number and the minimum contribution is ¢5.last_img read more